Distinguishing between Projects: WordPress and WordPress.com

March 1, 2017

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

At the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference this year, I attended a talk on creating accessible WordPress web sites. It was a good talk, if you understand that it was not a talk on WordPress. It was a talk on WordPress.com. This is an ongoing frustration anytime you’re working with WordPress: conflating WordPress.com and the WordPress project. They aren’t the same thing. While a large part of WordPress.com uses WordPress, it has a radically different implementation of the admin – including […]

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My Calendar Pro 1.5.10 released!

February 4, 2017

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Topics: WordPress.

The release of My Calendar Pro 1.5.10 includes a wide variety of important improvements to importing events. First, My Calendar Pro is now much better at importing a CSV file that’s been exported from My Calendar. Previously, the importer prioritized the ‘event_begin’ and ‘event_end’ fields, but the export from My Calendar uses ‘occur_begin’ and ‘occur_end’ to indicate the difference occurrences of recurring events. This led to a large number of duplicate events when importing recurring events. Second, a number of […]

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My Calendar: Major Update 2.5

October 15, 2016

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Topics: WordPress.

My Calendar 2.5.0 is the first major release on My Calendar in 14 months. That’s an awfully long time to go between major releases. A normal cycle for me is 8 to 10 months – this is a large plug-in, and making major changes is time consuming. But adding an extra 6 months on to this is, well, a lot of time. There are a number of reasons that this has taken so long – and one of them is […]

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Computer Vision API: What does it see?

August 29, 2016


Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

Microsoft has a service called the Computer Vision API (Application Programming Interface). It’s a simple system: feed it an image, and it analyzes the image and returns text feedback. This is not a simple analysis task, but the actual process for a user is amazingly streamlined. Naturally, very little time passed before this service was called up to provide automatic alternative text. And, honestly, this seems like an awesome way to do this! Who needs to take the time and […]

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Themes are not web sites

August 13, 2016

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Topics: Accessibility, WordPress.

Periodically, somebody asks me whether the themes reviewed for accessibility at WordPress.org are compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. The simple answer is no; but the real answer is a little more complicated. The only real answer I can give is that the question isn’t applicable to themes. The clue is in the name of the guidelines themselves: they are Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. They aren’t guidelines that cover only navigation, design, and structure: they cover content and the […]

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